The Best Gift Ideas for the Expectant or New Mom

Gift ideas for an expectant or new mom. Find an array of unique pregnancy gifts she will love, whether for Christmas or baby shower.

I've been pregnant each time during the holidays and know there were a few amazing mom-to-be gifts I received that were definitely useful with a growing belly and changing hormones (and gifts that saved me from having to purchase or add to a baby registry). Read: Holiday "Mocktail" Smoothie for Mom-to-Be In fact, there were some must-have pregnancy products that made a huge difference in my coping mechanisms and comfort level during the holidays. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite pregnancy products you can rest assured your expectant friend will love! This post may contain affiliate … [Read more...]

Your First Pregnancy vs. Your Very Last

Expecting your last baby? The differences in your first pregnancy vs. your last can be very emotional. See why.

It's a bittersweet moment. That precise point in time that you recognize this will in fact be your last pregnancy, for whatever reason that may be. And it is so vastly different from your first pregnancy. That very first time you realize you are going to be a mom, as a a new life forms inside your body...all the joys in the world filling your soul. For your very last pregnancy flies by, with little time to care for yourself, soak in every new baby movement or even take baby bump photos like you did the first time around. You are barely surviving life with a baby and toddler to wrap … [Read more...]

What You Really Need to Pack In Your Hospital Bag

Pregnant? See my checklist of what you really need to pack in your hospital bag as you prepare for labor and delivery of your new baby (from a mom of three!)

I remember the first time I packed a hospital bag as I prepared for labor and delivery. I wanted to make sure I had everything the experts recommended to bring for the hospital stay: insurance cards and paperwork, baby diapers, clothes, pacifiers, bottles, blankets and a few essentials for mommy. It was a little overwhelming to try to include everything possible I would need to care for my new baby. Fast forward 4 years later, as I prepare for baby number three when I learned a thing or two about what an expectant momma really needs to pack for that stay. This post may contain … [Read more...]

Preparing Baby Gear: What to Reuse & What to Buy New

Baby Gear to Reuse & Baby Gear to Buy New

Our third baby arrives in just a few short weeks. That will be three little boys under four in the house. And we have so much left to do to prepare... The nursery needs to be furnished with the crib our toddler is currently sleeping in. Onesies and blankets have to be washed. Diapers and wipes have to restocked. Bassinet has to be reassembled. I haven't even thought about packing a hospital bag! I must admit, preparing for that second (or third) baby isn't as easy as the first. With the first, you usually have a baby shower to help cover the cost of those must-have also … [Read more...]

Top Beauty Trends to Avoid During Pregnancy

If you're pregnant, and looking to keep your beauty routine safe for baby, avoid these trends like the plague!

Let's face it: pregnancy on it's own is a monumental experience. Your body is going through so many physical and hormonal changes to make room for the growing life inside you...which often comes with many symptoms. You're fighting exhaustion, morning sickness and trying to follow a healthy prenatal plan. The last thing you want to see is another long list of things to avoid when pregnant. I get it. It's overwhelming. But the first trimester is a really major phase of pregnancy. It's when your body and the new life forming inside you needs the most attention and care. That's why … [Read more...]

7 Small Changes to Make at the Grocery Store for Pregnancy Health

If you're looking for ways to eat healthy during pregnancy, make these easy changes when you shop for groceries!

Sifting through all those must-have foods for a healthy pregnancy can be a little daunting. You want to buy fresh and organic for your developing baby...when possible, and get all the necessary nutrients for your own body to sustain a pregnancy. But sometimes there's just so much to remember: What you should be eating daily. What you shouldn't be. And what you should avoid at all costs. The list goes on and on. When I think back to my shopping habits during pregnancy a few things come to mind. Each time I went to the grocery store to buy the essentials, I learned to make small changes … [Read more...]

Surviving Morning Sickness: 25 Ways to Treat Pregnancy Nausea

Morning Sickness: 25 Ways to Treat Nausea During Pregnancy

You're 3 months pregnant. Trying to enjoy every moment of this beautiful miracle happening inside your body. But hovering over a toilet for hours isn't exactly your idea of motherhood bliss. Morning sickness can certainly feel unbearable. And when you're going through the first trimester, it can feel like there is no end in sight. Sigh. I've. Been. There. Mama! In fact 99.9% of expectant mothers have most likely been there too! You are not alone. RELATED: Make These Small, Healthy Changes When Grocery Shopping & Pregnant I experienced morning sickness with all of my … [Read more...]

Delicious Holiday Mocktail & Smoothie Drink for Pregnant Moms

The Grinch Mocktail Smoothie A green smoothie for moms-to-be

What do you do when you're pregnant and mingling with friends and family at the latest holiday party, admiring all the festive holiday cocktails adorned with candy canes and red, white and green liqueur? You raise a glass and toast with your holiday mocktail (alcohol-free), that's what you do! Trust me, I know the feeling. I've been pregnant during the holidays 3 times so knew I had to find a way to safely join in the fun. So today, I'm bringing you a delicious recipe for a smoothie mocktail that will leave you feeling energized and ready to celebrate with bells on! This … [Read more...]

Gender Reveal Ideas: 12 Fun Ways to Share the News

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A few days ago we shared some exciting news with family. We're having another baby! Looks like three's a charm for us...because we're having a baby boy!!! That will mean three beautiful, rambunctious boys in the house! I can only imagine how much crazier life will get from here on out, but we're looking forward to welcoming our newest little bundle of joy with open hearts! We kept it simple this time around when making the gender announcement to family...because things get a little more hectic when you're on #3 ;). I still think it's always fun to let everyone else know with a … [Read more...]

How to Get Luxurious & Trendy Maternity Clothes for Less

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I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Let's face it: maternity clothes can be a bit pricey. So it's not unusual to find expectant moms sporting oversized shirts or pants to get comfortable and avoid shelling out tons of cash for clothes that will only be worn for a few months. (Heck, when I was pregnant with my first, I only splurged on maternity leggings because I knew they were a must!) Luckily, there's a solution that's just sprung up: Bella Gravida, a new wardrobe … [Read more...]